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Old 10-28-2011, 06:08 AM   #1
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catheter Ablation for heart problems - is it possible to have a general anaesthetic?

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Am new to Healthboards, have found it very interesting and useful reading the posts. Makes you feel a little less lonely with scary health problems.

My doctor sent me for an exercise test at the hospital and i was really unwell during the test. My heartrate went all over the place, they called a doctor and I was admitted to Coronary Care. I had every kind of test including Angiogram and MRI Heart scan. Everything seems structurally sound with my heart but am having a lot of electrical problems, PVCs VTs etc. My heart rate goes from way too fast, 180 ish down to around 43. My BP keeps being on the high side too. I am on Cardicor but quite a low dose as I have Asthma.

I am waiting to see the Electophysiologist but everyone so far keeps talking about Catheter Ablation. It sounds as if the success rate is good and its what I should do as I don't want to take meds forever. I didn't find the Angiogram a very good experience - it was not painless! I am not usually a scaredy cat about anything, but the idea of the ablation taking so long - hours and hours, not being able to move, maybe being in pain for along time. It really scares me.

Is it possible to have a general anaesthetic or does that make it all too risky?

Anyone know? Would be grateful to hear anyones views. Thanks

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Re: catheter Ablation for heart problems - is it possible to have a general anaesthet

Hi,
I don't think that you can be totally under during an ablation because the doctor needs the patient's input from time to time. I had my ablation back in 2008 and it took about two hours. They gave me intravenous medication that made me totally drowsy and comfortable without being totally out. It was a piece of cake, I'm not kidding.
Best wishes!! Sue

 
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